As the 2020 election cycle kicks into high gear, a conservative non-profit is calling on Democrat candidates to release their list of potential Supreme Court picks. One America’s John Hines has more from Washington.
A federal judge is blocking the Department of Justice’s attempt to swap its lawyers as it works on getting the citizenship question on the 2020 census.
Iowa Representative Steve King calls on President Trump to use his executive order to get the immigration question on the 2020 Census. Taking to Twitter Friday, the congressman called the Supreme Court’s decision a form of “judicial activism.” King stated the census already requires a person’s name, phone number, and date of birth among several other personal details.
Officials with the Justice and Commerce departments worked overtime through the holiday, to find a way to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. According to the Washington Post, after the Supreme Court ruled against adding the question to the census, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed the department began printing the forms without the question on it. However, on Wednesday President Trump said the administration was ‘absolutely moving forward’ with the question, and officials were directed to look for other legal options.
The Department of Justice said it is following the president’s orders to try and find a way to include the citizenship question on the 2020 census, frustrating an Obama appointed district judge. According to court transcripts released Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Joseph Hunt, said his department was instructed to re-examine the Supreme Court’s decision on the census question, and find “near-term options” to legally add it. Hunt said the DOJ plans to file a motion which will “govern further proceedings.”
nother federal judge has ruled against another immigration policy from the Trump administration. On Tuesday, Seattle-based Judge Marsha Pechman blocked a new rule by Attorney General William Barr aimed at detaining some so-called asylum seekers for the duration of their cases.
President Trump said his administration is “absolutely moving forward” with putting a citizenship question on the census , while dismissing reports claiming it is not.
In a 5-to-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration did not give an adequate reason for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, The case will now be kicked back to a lower court. President Trump has said the census would be “meaningless” without the citizenship question.
President Trump said he wouldn’t hesitate to nominate a Supreme Court justice in an election year.